20 March 2008 17:52 [Source: ICIS news]
NEW DELHI (ICIS news)--India’s Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL) plans to increase capacity of soda ash, caustic soda and downstream products at its Mithapur inorganic chemicals complex in Gujarat, a government official said on Thursday.
He said that the proposal envisaged capacity increases in soda ash to 1.5m tonnes/year from 875,000 tonnes/year, in caustic soda to 108,000 tonnes/year from 36,000 tonnes/year and in chlorine to 95,850 tonnes/year from 18,000 tonnes/year.
The setting up of new membrane cell-based chlor-alkali unit would also result in capacity creation for 2,700 tonnes/year of hydrogen as by-product.
The official said that the government had done preliminary scrutiny of the company’s expansion proposal and specified terms of reference for preparing an environment impact assessment on the project.
The project also provides increase in production capacity of hydrochloric acid to 295,650 tonnes/year from 64,800 tonnes/year and certain other downstream chemicals such as sodium bicarbonate.
The company intends to increase captive power generation capacity to 120 megawatt from 85 MW and process steam capacity to 960 tonnes/hour from 760 tonnes/year.
The project also envisages increase in cement capacity to 1.5m tonnes/year from 440,000 tonnes/year as an initiative to add value to waste generated by the complex.
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